Quite possibly one of a claustrophobic’s worst nightmare is being subjected to an MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging) scan. Imagine lying down on a medical bed and be subjected to an an-hour long procedure wherein you are limited only inside the confines of the equipment. Not only it is uncomfortable but it may cause uncontrollable panic attacks to some patients who simply can’t be confined in a small space.
But with the partnership between Facebook and the New York University (NYU) Langone Health, it might be possible that future MRI trips will be faster and make the procedure less of a hassle to every patient out there. Dubbed as ‘fastMRI’, Facebook’s AI research team (FAIR) and a team of radiologists over at NYU, trained an artificial intelligence (AI) computer model to scan different MRI scans resolutions wherein the data input was analyzed to be able to produce a complete MRI scan with only a small amount of data made available.
The artificial intelligence (AI) machine will be able to do such a feat due to the self-learning capability that was programmed by the researchers. Training data is fed to the AI which enables them to create accurate depictions of MRI scans of a patient.
The team has been working on the said project for years now but their findings, which were published in the American Journal of Roentgenology, suggests that the method they use is foolproof. They were able to get the same results compared to a traditional MRI scan.
Researchers are confident that the technology they have developed will be adapted to hospitals in the near future where everyday patients will reap its benefits the most. They are now currently in discussion with medical manufacturing companies that are willing to create new MRI scans using the technology.
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